Join our conversation about embracing an anti-racist agenda as the first step towards this future with guest panelists and our ID faculty.
Design has been complicit in systems that have led to racist outcomes. From objects to products and services – we have perpetuated dominant oppressive systems. ID has a strong commitment to championing just, equitable, and fair infrastructures but there is a lot of work to be done. Embracing an anti-racist agenda is the first step towards this future. Join us in conversation with Christina Harrington, Norman Teague, and Chris Rudd.
Opening statement by Denis Weil, Dean of IIT ID.
Chris Rudd is an Instructor and Lead of Community-led Design for the Chicago Design Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology-Institute of Design (ID) where his work focuses on co-designing with community stakeholders. Chris is a former Stanford Institute of Design (d.school) Civic Innovation fellow where he focused on the intersection of youth development, design, and technology.
In addition to his role at ID, Chris is a community organizer, and founder of ChiByDesign, a black-owned and people of color led design firm in Chicago. Chris has a deep background in social equity work, systems change, and youth development. He’s worked with youth on the south and west sides of Chicago, challenging them to engage with their communities through activism and technology.
Christina Harrington,PhD explores concepts of health through community-based participatory design and co-creation, considering health management as a sociotechnical experience. She believes that constructs of identity and social positioning impact our interactions with technology, including individual access to online information, the relevance of certain systems in our everyday lives, and the ways we accept certain interventions. Her work uses participatory research methods to explore constructs of empowerment and access among vulnerable communities that have been marginalized along multiple dimensions of identity (age, race, ethnicity, income, class).
Norman Teague is a Chicago based designer and educator focused on projects and pedagogy that address the complexity of urbanism and the culture of communities. Specializing in small architecture, custom furniture, design consulting, sculpture and designed objects that deliver a personal narratives and or function. Teague’s past projects have included consumer products, public arts, performances and designed spaces. Teague prides himself for working within communities that offer ethical returns and human centered exchanges.